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Author interviews, food, natural history, poetry, and more from "The Write Question", "The Food Guys", "Field Notes", "Home Ground Radio", "Front Row Center", and "Reflections West".

A red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) eating a cone.
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Not long ago I was out hiking in the mountains during one glowing afternoon. I turned off the trail and headed into the woods in search of a comfortable place to nestle down and daydream. As I found a spot for myself a red squirrel came bounding toward me on a fallen log. It jumped onto the trunk of a ponderosa pine and gave me that bright-eyed stare accompanied by several swishes of its feathery tail. Then it headed up the tree and disappeared among the high branches. I'd been sitting in a peaceful reverie for only a minute when suddenly a pine cone came crashing to the ground just a couple of feet away. I looked up and saw two more falling. The squirrel was attacking me!

How To Make Pie Crust, The Baking Wizard Way

Mar 4, 2018

Food Guy Greg Patent, a.k.a. The Baking Wizard, is puzzled by FOBPC (Fear of Baking Pie Crusts). “It seems to scare cooks to death – I don’t understand it. I have a basic pie crust formula that works for me pretty much all the time." One key to Greg's success: he mixes pie dough in the food processor, to minimize handling it.

Facing Race In Montana

Mar 2, 2018
Faces of the world.
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According to the 2010 U.S. census, Montana is among the whitest states in the country. That means 90 percent or more of the population is Caucasian. But does that mean Montana is free of the racial friction that has surfaced across the country? For the next hour we'll look at the reality of race in Montana.

"I think probably every writer, at some level, has 'the story' that’s just compelling and it’s the thing you just can’t stop picking at," says author Carrie La Seur, "And so even the third novel that I’m working on now—that’s very different characters and very different places—there’s a theme of exile and return and tension between the “leavers” and the “stayers.” That must just be my story, that’s the thing I can’t stop writing about even when I very deliberately take off in a different direction.

Listen in now for more on "The Weight of an Infinite Sky" with Carrie La Seur.

Buck Buchanan and Christina Wald

"My name is Denni-Jo and I’m a real-life cowgirl. I ride horses and rope cattle on our ranch. We have horses, cows, dogs, and cats—which means plenty of chores. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or girl, big or small; everyone pitches in and does their share. Once the chores are done there’s plenty of time for fun— and surprises! Join me, and my pony, Pinto, on an adventure neither of us will soon forget. Saddle up and let’s go!" -- Buck Buchanan

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